Final Press Conference Held in Spierer Case

Posted on June 24, 2011

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LEILA PALIZI

*UPDATE June 24, 2011*

Today marked the final daily press conference held by the Bloomington Police Department in the ongoing search for Lauren Spierer.

However, the end of press conferences does not signify the end of the search.

BPD Capt. Joe Qualters said the BPD will not give up and continue to “work very diligently” until they find out what led to Spierer’s disappearance.

Spierer’s parents expressed their appreciation for those continuing to aid in the search efforts despite little development in the case.

Qualters assured the media that although there was nothing to report on today, he is confident that the BPD will have more information on the case soon. Investigators are still gathering information and interviewing persons of interest, and none of them have been cleared yet.

He also said that the BPD will continue to be careful with the information they release to the public, as they believe that it would be more beneficial to the case to keep the information to themselves for the time being.

“Missing person cases are among the most difficult and challenging,” said Qualters when confronted with questions regarding slow developments in the case.

Volunteer search efforts will continue and tomorrow has been designated as “Find Lauren Day,” in which investigators are requesting an influx of volunteers.

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JUNE 22, 2011

Volunteer Search Crews Dwindle in Spierer Case, New Ways to Help

Those who are looking for an alternative to calling or emailing in tips regarding Lauren Spierer now have a new form of relaying their knowledge to investigators in the form of a post office box.

Charlene Spierer is hoping that the complete anonymity associated with the PO box will help generate tips from those who are hesitant to come forward. She noted how disappointed she was that only 1 of Lauren’s friends has come forth so far with information regarding her daughter’s disappearance.

Although limited details are being released to the public and Spierer’s story is beginning to receive less media attention, the Bloomington police affirmed the investigation is still very much ongoing.

Over 300 hours of surveillance videos have been looked at, and investigators have almost completed a second round of interviews with sources who could potentially hold more information.

Crowds searching for Lauren are dwindling in size to approximately 30-50 people per day, but Spierer’s parents are still asking for any and all help. Searches will run from McNutt quad between the hours of 8:00 AM to 5:30 PM. Anyone who wishes to help may stop by during these times.

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June 20, 2011

Social media outlets spreading the news about Lauren Spierer’s disappearance erupted in a frenzy yesterday when a search was reported to be going on near Martinsville, about 20 miles north of Bloomington.

However, rumors that an unidentified female body had been found were stifled by the media quickly. According to the Herald Times, Bloomington police Capt. Joe Qualters confirmed that searchers “found nothing” relating to Spierer.

The police had been following a tip involving a suspicious odor in a wooded area west of the Hillview Motel off the Ind. 37.

The most significant development in the case over the weekend is that the white truck that investigators were seeking more information about has nothing to do with the case.

Investigators were provided with a tip that allowed them to identify the business logo on the side of the truck. Law enforcement questioned the business owners and were met with the knowledge that the driver of the truck was picking up an employee around the time it was spotted on camera.

In addition, the BPD has discovered a discrepancy in the time stamps on surveillance footage showing the truck. The vehicle did not appear twice as originally conjectured; rather, the times on the cameras provided the illusion that it had been in the same place twice within a matter of minutes.

A bag of clothing that was discovered near Spierer’s apartment was also confirmed to be irrelevant to the case.

Searches will continue from McNutt quad every day until further notice. Press conferences will also be held on Wednesdays and Fridays at 11:00 A.M. as opposed to every weekday as they have been so far. The BPD promises to release any significant information between press conference days to the public as promptly as possible.

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June 15, 2011

Two weeks have passed since the missing persons report has been filed for Lauren Spierer, but today’s press conference with Spierer’s parents and the Bloomington Police Department brought forth little developments on her case.

The BPD has received nearly 1,000 tips on the case, with about 300 of them coming from the mysterious truck that could potentially hold a lead or person of interest. The police have been looking out for the truck and stopping ones on the street that appear to match the description of the truck from June 3rd.

In addition, the BPD continues to interview persons who might hold more information about Lauren’s night or current whereabouts. They have expanded into a second tier of interviews with other people besides Spierer’s close friends, family, and companions the night she disappeared.

Smallwood Plaza will now serve as the information center of the case, and McNutt Center will be the search headquarters. Searchers are asked to wear appropriate clothing, including long pants and closed toe shoes, and to be prepared to search through thick woods and long roads.

America’s Most Wanted will air Spierer’s story again tomorrow night in order to generate more tips.

At the end of the press conference, Charlene Spierer noted that the best gift her husband Robert could get this Father’s Day was to find Lauren.

Press conferences will not be held this weekend and will resume on Monday.

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